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Glenview Hotel – 7th April 2015

Wicklow Hedge Schools
Tommy O'Rourke

In his illustrated talk, Tommy will present a history of Wicklow Hedge Schools from the enactment of the Penal Laws in 1695 to the 1831 Commission of Education. The talk will provide an interesting portrayal of the harsh conditions that existed for both teachers and pupils in these Hedge Schools. The books and manuscripts that were used in the Hedge Schools will be highlighted, together with other sources such as maps, official documents and images. A selection of Hedge Schools (including many local schools) will be presented in detail.
Tommy O'Rourke has been a member of the Kilmacanogue History Society for a number of years. He became interested in Hedge Schools when asked to write a book on his native school at Augharan, County Leitrim in 2012. Tommy's latest book 'The Hedge Schools of Wicklow' is due for publication in the coming weeks.
A great opportunity to learn more about Hedge Schools – please try to attend!

The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs
8.30PM on Tuesday 7th April

Entry €3 (members €2) – all welcome

Unveiling of the Kilmacanogue Heritage Sign February 2013
kilmacanogue Heritage Sign
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